Charlotte Yard Art Day is a chance to look at lawn, landscape in a new way

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Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)
Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)

Charlotte homeowners can celebrate creativity outdoors using their yard as an art gallery or by employing artistic ideas into their landscaping and lawn care.

Landscaper helps create a modern Zen garden oasis in suburban Chicago

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John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)
John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)

Talk about relaxing outdoors! An architect near Chicago adds a Japanese garden and patio, matching the Zen-like landscaping to the home's modern interior design.

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

Will Chicago's harsh winter affect landscapes long term?

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Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)
Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)

Illinois' brutal winter weather and wet spring devastated gardens across Chicago. But landscapers say the plant damage is done, and fall plantings could thrive. Tips to help them weather the next season.

Lawn Mower Repair

Cut costs, grass: Race to tune up, repair your lawn mower in fall

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Taking care of your lawn mower at season's end makes for an easier start to spring. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-area lawn mower enthusiasts tweak their riders for fall races, but homeowners can also benefit from cheaper lawn mower maintenance in the off-season.

Teen learns valuable lessons operating lawn care, mower maintenance business

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Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)
Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)

Lukas Moreland started his lawn care and lawn mower maintence business when he was just 14. Find out what motivates him to keep the business going.

Repair or replace: Is it time to buy a new lawn mower?

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Routine mower maintenace will prevent many common repairs. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

Experts in lawn mower maintenance say there’s a fix for common issues, but major problems often cost more to repair than buying a new lawn mower.

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Leaf Removal Service

Should you rake leaves or leave them?

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Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)
Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)

To rake or not to rake? That's the question come fall. So another seasonal question worth asking is whether to take the time and risk the blisters to rake leaves yourself or hire some help.

Why hire a lawn care company for leaf removal?

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Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)
Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)

Consider hiring a lawn care company for leaf removal if you have trouble raking leaves in your large yard. Learn how much it costs to hire for leaf removal.

Hire landscaping pros for leaf removal

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A shallow collection of dried leaves on the lawn is usually not damaging to grass. (Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp)
A shallow collection of dried leaves on the lawn is usually not damaging to grass. (Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp)

Save time and avoid aches and pains by hiring a professional to clean up your landscape by removing leaves and lawn debris.

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Landscape Mulch Delivery

Webster landscaper revives dead lawn

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Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)
Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)

Homeowner praises Trademark Landscape, a highly rated Houston-area landscaping company, for reviving her lawn that was damaged during the drought of 2012.

Give your yard a mulch makeover

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Handyman Tim Anderson uses a wheelbarrow to dump mulch.
Handyman Tim Anderson uses a wheelbarrow to dump mulch.

Have you ever wondered what is in mulch, or how much mulch to buy? Angie's List spoke to McCarty Mulch & Stone of Indianapolis about the different types of mulch, avoiding the mulch volcano and whether you should buy mulch by the bag or the yard.

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Roto Tilling Service

Rototilling nourishes spring gardens

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A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.
A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.

Rototilling is a great way to prepare gardens and flower beds for spring planting.

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Tree Service

ComEd warns Chicago-area residents beware of utillity bill phone scams

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Illinois utility companies must give homeowners eight days advance notice before shutting off their electricity or other services. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta B.)

Scammers have been threatening to shut off power to ComEd customers unless they pay their electric bill immediately over the phone with a gift or cash card.

Will Chicago's harsh winter affect landscapes long term?

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Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)
Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)

Illinois' brutal winter weather and wet spring devastated gardens across Chicago. But landscapers say the plant damage is done, and fall plantings could thrive. Tips to help them weather the next season.

Decaying tree falls, traps suburban Chicago woman

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Know the signs of when it's best to remove dead or diseased trees. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marion M. of Hopedale, Mass.)
Know the signs of when it's best to remove dead or diseased trees. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marion M. of Hopedale, Mass.)

A Wilmette woman escaped with minor injuries after a massive diseased tree fell over on her and her dog. Here's how to spot diseased trees in your own yard.

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Greenhouses

Will Chicago's harsh winter affect landscapes long term?

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Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)
Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)

Illinois' brutal winter weather and wet spring devastated gardens across Chicago. But landscapers say the plant damage is done, and fall plantings could thrive. Tips to help them weather the next season.

3 tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden for Mid-Atlantic, D.C. native gardens

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National Garden in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The National Garden showcases local plants and flowers to inspire residents to choose native vegetation for their own landscaping projects. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The U.S. Botanic Garden provides Washington-area residents with a local garden that showcases the best regional and native plants for D.C. in their own habitat.

Sample Washington neighborhoods at a year-round D.C. farmers market

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Eastern Market D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Eastern Market in Capitol Hill is open year-round and offers crafts as well as seasonal produce. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Year-round farmers markets keep D.C.

Add flair to holiday decorating with orchids

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The cattleya is like a corsage waiting to be worn. (Photo by Ellen Goff)
The cattleya is like a corsage waiting to be worn. (Photo by Ellen Goff)

Once exclusive high-priced plants, orchids are popular for holiday decorating and are now affordable for even the most casual flower enthusiast.

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Lakefront Landscaper

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

Smart landscaping tips that can increase home value

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)

Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends

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Outdoor Images Management worked with the Carolina Panthers on landscaping during this summer's stadium renovation. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte landscaper Outdoor Images Management designed the NFL stadium's new green space. They often landscape homes in Charlotte and shared 3 recent backyard trends.

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Land Surveyor

Why land surveys are crucial for home buyers

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A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)
A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)

Land surveys can help property buyers avoid future headaches such as boundary disputes. A highly rated Alabama-based land surveyor provider explains how.

Fall planting tips for the Southwest

Jacqueline Soule, who writes about gardening in the Southwest for Angie’s List, explains why fall planting is crucial for better plant growth.

Is surveying your property worth the cost?

Don't trust fences or estimates. Before you buy or build, hire a land surveyor to make sure your property is properly measured.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvment projects.

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Lawn Service

#Ask Angie: Why does my grass have dead spots?

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There are numerous possible causes of dead spots in lawn. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jessica W. of Chesapeake, Virginia)
There are numerous possible causes of dead spots in lawn. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jessica W. of Chesapeake, Virginia)

Noticing small areas of dying grass in an otherwise healthy yard? There are numerous possible causes. Top-rated lawn pros offer a list and details.

Charlotte Yard Art Day is a chance to look at lawn, landscape in a new way

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Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)
Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)

Charlotte homeowners can celebrate creativity outdoors using their yard as an art gallery or by employing artistic ideas into their landscaping and lawn care.

Landscaper helps create a modern Zen garden oasis in suburban Chicago

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John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)
John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)

Talk about relaxing outdoors! An architect near Chicago adds a Japanese garden and patio, matching the Zen-like landscaping to the home's modern interior design.

Cut costs, grass: Race to tune up, repair your lawn mower in fall

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push lawn mower (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Taking care of your lawn mower at season's end makes for an easier start to spring. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-area lawn mower enthusiasts tweak their riders for fall races, but homeowners can also benefit from cheaper lawn mower maintenance in the off-season.

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Fountain Installer

Adding fountains, ponds and waterfalls to your backyard

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Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)
Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)

The sound and movement of water is transforming, especially in the garden. Angie's List contractors discuss home water features that can liven up your yard, such as fountains, ponds and waterfalls.

Winterize your ponds and fountains

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©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.
©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.

Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, gives advice on how to winterize water features in the yard. Preparing features such as water gardens, ponds, waterfalls for winter helps avoid damage from freezing and thawing water.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvment projects.

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Lawn Irrigation

How much does it cost to install a sprinkler system?

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Sprinkler systems can boost curb appeal by keeping grass healthy and lush. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Peter S. of Ridgeland, Miss.)

Do you spend too much time watering your lawn? Get tips and find out how much it costs to install a professional irrigation system on your property.

Growing grass in Florida? Water restrictions claim formerly lush lawns

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This Tampa-area lawn required a complete replacement with new sod. (Photo courtesy of member Scott O. of Clearwater, Fla.)

Healthy turf in Florida requires water and TLC to prevent dying grass. Drought-induced water restrictions make yards with no grass less expensive than lawns.

Stop watering the driveway! 8 ways to fine-tune your irrigation system

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Installing and setting irrigation systems based on plant needs conserves water. (Photo courtesy of John Taylor)
Installing and setting irrigation systems based on plant needs conserves water. (Photo courtesy of John Taylor)

How to fine-tune your lawn irrigation system to keep plants and grass thriving, and conserve water through proper watering techniques

Winterize your lawn irrigation system to avoid spring headaches

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A properly working sprinkler system will nourish the lawn. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Curtis)
A properly working sprinkler system will nourish the lawn. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Curtis)

If you’ve invested thousands of dollars in a lawn irrigation system, you need to take action now to keep from having to spend hundreds or thousands more next year.

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Paving Contractor

Charlotte Yard Art Day is a chance to look at lawn, landscape in a new way

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Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)
Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)

Charlotte homeowners can celebrate creativity outdoors using their yard as an art gallery or by employing artistic ideas into their landscaping and lawn care.

Landscaper helps create a modern Zen garden oasis in suburban Chicago

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John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)
John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)

Talk about relaxing outdoors! An architect near Chicago adds a Japanese garden and patio, matching the Zen-like landscaping to the home's modern interior design.

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

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Lawn Treatment

Grass in Chicago's Grant Park fields destroyed after Lollapalooza rains

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Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)
Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)

The Chicago Park District will replace dozens of acres of grass after 300,000 concert-goers and occasional rain showers combined to tear up the park's turf.

Ask Angie: What’s the best way to reseed a lawn?

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If you have a large area you want to reseed, consider aerating first. (Photo courtesy of Pamela W. of Richmond, Virginia)
If you have a large area you want to reseed, consider aerating first. (Photo courtesy of Pamela W. of Richmond, Virginia)

It takes more than just tossing around some grass seed and hoping for the best to transform thin, patchy turf into a lush green lawn. Follow these expert tips.

3 easy midsummer landscaping ideas

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AFTER: DIY projects can enliven a tired yard. But a professional project can really transform. (Photos courtesy of Erik V. of Sherwood, Oregon)
AFTER: DIY projects can enliven a tired yard. But a professional project can really transform. (Photos courtesy of Erik V. of Sherwood, Oregon)

Having a midsummer’s dream of better landscaping? Try these three easy do-it-yourself spruce-ups. Not into DIY? Here how to match the right pro to your project.

How much does it cost to fertilize your yard?

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Lawn care experts recommend investing in fertilizer to  help your lawn achieve a healthy, green look. (Photo by Melissa Wagner)
Lawn care experts recommend investing in fertilizer to help your lawn achieve a healthy, green look. (Photo by Melissa Wagner)

Want to now the secret to a lush, healthy lawn? Lawn and landscape experts say it's how often the lawn is treated with fertilizer and a weed control product.

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Landscape Lighting

Charlotte Yard Art Day is a chance to look at lawn, landscape in a new way

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Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)
Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)

Charlotte homeowners can celebrate creativity outdoors using their yard as an art gallery or by employing artistic ideas into their landscaping and lawn care.

Landscaper helps create a modern Zen garden oasis in suburban Chicago

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John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)
John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)

Talk about relaxing outdoors! An architect near Chicago adds a Japanese garden and patio, matching the Zen-like landscaping to the home's modern interior design.

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

Will Chicago's harsh winter affect landscapes long term?

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Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)
Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)

Illinois' brutal winter weather and wet spring devastated gardens across Chicago. But landscapers say the plant damage is done, and fall plantings could thrive. Tips to help them weather the next season.

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